Should Las Vegas Casinos Close Again? Poll Reveals Social Media Opinion

It’s been barely a month since Las Vegas casinos reopened after a two-month hiatus. But due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in Nevada, some locals anticipate a second closure. And a poll taken by a prominent Las Vegas Twitter influencer reveals that a majority believe it should happen.

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Will Las Vegas casinos such as the Fremont downtown close for a second time due to COVID-19? (Image: Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Gov. Steve Sisolak hinted on Twitter last week at a possible shut-down, but he didn’t provide specifics. In a June 29 tweet, he wrote, “Today, I signed a directive extending Phase 2 of Nevada’s reopening plan until the end of July, consistent with my announcement last week. The extension is necessary due to trends in our #COVID19 data. Please, remember to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.”

In the weeks following the casino reopenings, Nevada’s COVID-19 cases have drastically spiked. From mid-March until mid-June, the state averaged around 120 recorded cases per day. Over the past week, Nevada has reported an average of over 700 daily infections. So, how should Sisolak respond? Keep the Las Vegas casinos open or shut them down again? Twitter users shared their two cents on this controversial issue.

What to do with the Las Vegas Casinos During a Pandemic?

A trusted Sin City insider account — @LasVegasLocally — asked a simple but controversial question: Should Las Vegas shut down again? More than 14,800 social media users voted and the results indicate many support a second closure.

Twitter polls aren’t scientific. There are trolls who vote, those who don’t live in or frequent Las Vegas, and most social media users follow accounts that share many of their views. But while this poll has a clear margin for error, enough people — likely many who reside in Las Vegas — voted to give us a general idea of what the masses are thinking on this issue.

“If masks are not made mandatory and enforced, we will shut down. We are full of skeptic, science deniers and surrounded by risky gamblers from two of the worst states, AZ and CA,” @Coffin4Council wrote.

“Very difficult situation. The damage from the first shutdown has not played out. That’s likely coming with high unemployment, bankruptcies, evictions, foreclosures, etc. Rock and a hard place. I don’t think we can shut down again without causing catastrophic economic damage,” @TomD80106675 argued.

Amy M. Helt (@Amymhelt) provided a slightly different perspective. She said that she voted “no” because “I don’t want to,” but agrees that the Las Vegas casinos should close down.

“My question is how long do you think they need to shutdown? Shutdown for months and it started all over again, it’s not going away by people staying home,” @live4dalejr88 writes.

“It’s very simple. If you are doing the right precautions – distance, hand wash and mask – we should stay open. If you aren’t going to do it – STAY THE F HOME. Businesses must enforce all!!! Or be fined. We need to stay open but everyone has to be a team player,” @VegasGalMare advises.

Written by
Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.


Valeria Evans wrote...

First of all when Vegas open up doing the pandemic everybody should have been mandated to wear a mask it should not have been a choice stop listening to trump our so-called president he is ignorant and not knowledgeable


Javier Angel De Leon wrote...

Smart and intelligent people want Casinos, resorts, and hotels open forever.


G.luchiano wrote...

thank you for saying that about that jackass in the WH


Patricia Dermody wrote...

Just wait until the election’s are over and this will all go away. We didn’t close down for Sar’ or other diseases. They are just trying to push socialism in and you all are following like sheep


Thomas Kroplinski wrote...

Wow, another science denier. I’ll bet she’s in a high risk catagory too.


Theresa wrote...

I was thinking the same thing..


Jeffrey Ellsworth wrote...

Four more years for Donald Trump we love our president


Liz wrote...

President Trump is an idiot jackass
He says everything wrong .and he’s an embarrassment to the United States as a president.


Nicholas G wrote...

F u our President is doing a great job. A second shut down will permanently do economic damage to Las Vegas.


Charlene wrote...

If you watch this pandemic will be close to over after the election in November. Just watch and see.


Ingrid Carter wrote...

He saved millions of people. The Governor’s and Mayor’s are the ignorant ones!


Concern citzen wrote...

first of all donald asshole didn’t safe shit. he only did what he did because he has no other chose. he knew about this virus months almost a year ago before he hit our country, but he did nothing. he is reacting so he can get voters like YOU to vote for his dumb ASS. He don’t care about YOU. Wake the FUCK and realize whats going on. If he cared, he would have reacted when it was brought to him. instead he allowed our family n friends to dead from this shit


Dave dave wrote...

You are ignorant because you don’t know what you’re talkin about dr. Ron Paul is a genius he says the pandemic is over you should listen to a genius not your stupid media that you’re listening to


Lundy wrote...

We just got back from Vegas and it was mandatory to wear a mask in all public places. Everyone I saw were in compliance.


Cindy Gibson wrote...

Dont shut it down but enforce the rules. I was there 3 weeks ago and not 1 casino took my temperature. The casinos were crowded with no social distancing. I have another flight booked for July. If everyone does the right thing it wont ruin it for the rest of us. Thank you


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